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by Nat
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 389899

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

"Love is like history class: either someone dies or it's boring as hell".
by Nat
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies
Replies: 12
Views: 7250

Re: Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies

When you think about it, Burrich is probably the manliest guy ever.
by Nat
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 389899

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

In algebraic geometry: Student: what's the deal with all this category stuff? can you give us some motivation for this? TA: OK, I'd better give a my motivational speech now: In this course, we are going to spend enormous amounts of time and effort to prove things that seem extremely esoteric and poi...
by Nat
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 389899

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

In Ergodic Theory:
"So, XxY has this ergodicity condition for every Y if and only if it has it for Y=X. This is because, as in many cases, you are your own worst enemy. Or in less poetic terms, the Cauchy-Schwartz inequality"
Not sure why but it made me laugh.
by Nat
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 43825

Re: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)

I think I heard time travel could be theoretically possible, and is equivalent under relativity to superluminal velocities (sorry about the wording, it's just really fun to say/write that). Couldn't that explain this?
by Nat
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 869
Views: 206478

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

I had this years ago in an english class in high school... Teacher: "Peter makes Jane a sandwich. Is this grammatically correct?" Female Student: "Doesn't matter it's wrong no matter what." Teacher: "What do you mean?" Female Student: "It should be, 'Jane makes Pe...
by Nat
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?
Replies: 61
Views: 8727

Re: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?

Probably not. We shouldn't even spend so much time on quadratic equations, they're neither interesting nor useful. To go with the differential equations example, quadratic equations are a very specific kind of equation that you almost never actually see, so there's no point in teaching tricks to so...
by Nat
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 8458

Re: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?

Depends on how they do it. In holes, for example, it was done well: (for those of you who didn't read it, there's a scene where the town's black man is killed trying to escape the police because he kissed the white schoolteacher). The author writes down the facts, and ends with "you decide, who...
by Nat
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?
Replies: 61
Views: 8727

Re: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?

Probably not. We shouldn't even spend so much time on quadratic equations, they're neither interesting nor useful. To go with the differential equations example, quadratic equations are a very specific kind of equation that you almost never actually see, so there's no point in teaching tricks to sol...
by Nat
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 29251

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

Just one book (Hartshorne's algebraic geometry), not because I really need it for a course, since the library has it, more because I'd like to have it to read in my spare time.
by Nat
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 43825

Re: Well, this could change things

So if we can send messages back in time. What happens if I tell a computer to send a boolean value to itself three minutes ago, at which point the computer saves the value and sends the opposite one back three minutes later? Either the universe splits in half or your computer can't run that program...
by Nat
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Some Favorite Quotes (merged: Post-a-quote)
Replies: 467
Views: 53469

Re: Some Favorite Quotes (merged: Post-a-quote)

"Life is what happens while you're making other plans."
by Nat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3426244

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Are you implying I shouldn't feel empathy for someone because they're of a different species? that's kinda messed up.
by Nat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3426244

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Menacing Spike wrote:
Nat wrote:Also, the way everyone in foundation and earth talks about kids like they're objects.


They are?

there's the scene where Daneel wants to take over the kid's mind, and the only reason it bothers anyone is because Bliss'll lose her pet.
by Nat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3426244

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Foundation's Edge: The premise: "Hey, you know these three really successful books I wrote, for which everyone's been begging me for a sequel for years? How about I write a sequel that makes the previous books completely pointless! screw the seldon plan!" Also, the way everyone in foundati...
by Nat
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 202759

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Best is probably Reaper man, foollowed colsely by night watch. Worst is Unseen academicals (by a wide margin, it really seems like alzheimer's getting to him).
by Nat
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 329939

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I found this, which is so awesome I had to put it here.
by Nat
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with a (silly) argument
Replies: 16
Views: 2958

Re: Need help with a (silly) argument

The idea isn't completely ridiculous (for example, it's valid in projective space), but it sounds like he doesn't fully understand what he means by division.
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3426244

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

The episode of HIMYM where they explain how love isn't a science. The woman in charge is apparently stupid, because she explains how "everything can be explained by ones and zeros." People deliberately misrepresenting things than explaining how stupid they are is just annoying.
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Functions that some math students think are equal but aren't
Replies: 32
Views: 6280

Re: Functions that some math students think are equal but ar

I've met at least one person who interpreted \frac{d}{dx} as \frac{1}{x} by "cancelling the d's", although I really really hope that's not a common mistake. You actually get physics professors explaining things by "cancelling out dx's" (the most common example is when proving th...
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 76648

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

The wheel of time, though the only way to do that would be to make it into one of those neverending soap operas.
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 208964

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

pygmalion. Quite possibly the most absolutely pointless book ever. The only possible reason I can think of that it got so popular was that George Bernard Shaw was popular when he wrote it and phonetics were in, and the British seem to never let anything go. I can think of plenty of books that are m...
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 194465

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

Who's Gonzo supposed to be?
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 255885

Re: The worst film you've seen

Harry potter movies. Less because they were that bad (they were pretty bad, but I've seen worse), more because the books could really have been turned into really good movies. There were a lot of scenes in the books where I thought "wow, it would be really awesome to see this in a movie". ...
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 4 color theorem with multiple regions
Replies: 12
Views: 1992

Re: 4 color theorem with multiple regions

This may be a bit off-topic, but is there a generalization for maps on manifolds other that a sphere?
by Nat
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 361734

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender

Started watching recently, it's pretty good. The only major flaw is the voice acting (which has been improving. And Katara, because I hate getting crushes on fictional characters.
by Nat
Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 235263

Re: Ice and Fire?

I meant quentin, fixed.
by Nat
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 235263

Re: Ice and Fire?

Finished the book, it was seriously lousy. The whole Aegon thing just felt like bad fanfiction, and so did Daario (even though he built up to that one). the Jon, Stannis/Asha and Tyrion chapters never seem to get anywhere, and this was the first book in the series without a single scene that...
by Nat
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 32276

Re: Are you Major-ist?

Here is how my thought experiment goes: If all STEM majors were to die out, their work would be easily reproduced seeing as how it is based on the scientific method and thus easily verifiable and capable of being recreated. There also exists a plethora of reading material on STEM subjects which is ...
by Nat
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3426244

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

But then she'd have to do it three times in a row, and we only get to watch once.
by Nat
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 32276

Re: Are you Major-ist?

Also, something that always bugged me was that except for the very occasional research paper (although most of those I had to do them on an author or poet), every single paper we ever wrote was about literature or some sort of writing. English teachers need to broaden their horizons! Not everything...
by Nat
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 208964

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

pygmalion. Quite possibly the most absolutely pointless book ever. The only possible reason I can think of that it got so popular was that George Bernard Shaw was popular when he wrote it and phonetics were in, and the British seem to never let anything go.
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 32276

Re: Are you Major-ist?

my main problem with lit is that you can't prove yourself right in it, so it ends up being kinda like aristotelian science. Sure, it has a lot of brilliant ideas in it, but it also has a lot of BS, and there isn't a very good way to decide between them. (Also, most of my favourite books would be rat...
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 329939

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I don't think it's for girls, I just think it's for kids, and I don't see the grown-up appeal (unlike, for example, The Last Airbender, or PowerPuff Girls etc.). In my experience, most shows that aren't worth watching as an adult aren't worth watching as a kid (though they're often a lot more embar...
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 255885

Re: The worst film you've seen

I was going to say snakes on a plane. Then I remembered epic movie.
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 93072
Views: 7150108

Re: Count to a Million

33699
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 32276

Re: Are you Major-ist?

I've noticed more elitism the further towards the 'math side' of things a major is. The math majors and physics majors I've interacted with tend to be very stubborn and view the world in a binary. They are right, and everyone else is wrong. It's been pretty annoying doing a couple collaborations wi...
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Wrong on the Internet II: Norman J. Wildberger
Replies: 85
Views: 49756

Re: Wrong on the Internet II: Norman J. Wildberger

The main problem with people like this or Zeilberger is that yeah, their mathematics is consistent (more or less), but they willfully ignore other ways to think of mathematics for no good reason.
by Nat
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How difficult is Discrete Mathematics?
Replies: 23
Views: 13938

Re: How difficult is Discrete Mathematics?

That looks easier than our first year discrete math course, which isn't that hard. so yeah, do it as a freshman. (seriously, how can you possibly have math degrees with no proofs until third year? it's like having a literature degree where you don't read any books until third year).
by Nat
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Group Theory in Olympiad Math.
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

Re: Group Theory in Olympiad Math.

I can only recall one ocasion where I actually used group theory in a competition, and that could've been solved in plenty of other ways. They rarely involve group theory

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